Moderate Republican Senator Richard Lugar’s loss in the primary to a Tea Party zealot is another sign of the Republican Party’s drifting farther away from the mainstream.
Lugar is one of the few politicians who still puts country ahead of party by seeking compromise. Universally respected, Lugar understood that compromise has always been a necessary component of good government. He was defeated by a more conservative Republican who defines bipartisanship as, “Democrats coming to the Republican point of view.”
Like most Americans, I am neither a liberal nor a conservative. I agree with the left on some issues and the right on others, and on most I can see both sides. The Republicans represent a narrow (and narrow minded) section of the public.